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Conference Programme

Time Details
12:45 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
13:15
Plenary 1
Bringing the economic benefits home
Projects in Scottish waters are finally starting to build out, and with them comes economic impact which spreads far further than the ports and harbours along our east coast. The lessons we will learn from these offshore wind projects will help us understand how to increase productivity and drive innovation - critical elements of a strong Scottish economy. This session will explore offshore wind’s industrial impacts across the UK and explore how successes in places like the Humber and East Anglia can be reproduced in Scotland. 
 
Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
 
Ministerial Address
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity & the Islands, Scottish Government
 
Speakers
Jim Smith, Managing Director, SSE Renewables
Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager - Offshore, Ørsted
Rainer Broering, Industrialization and Supply Chain Strategy Leader, GE Renewable Energy
 
Q & A
14:40 Networking, Refreshments & Exhibition
15:20
Plenary  2A
Market outlook: Scotland, UK and the world
Industry is ramping up to deliver at least 30GW by 2030 - but with the price of offshore wind tumbling, ambitions are rightly growing. Contracts for Difference will remain key, but is change on the horizon? And with new sites needed, how are the Scottish and UK Government auctions for new site leases shaping up?
 
Chair
Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
David Pratt, Head of Planning & Strategy, Marine Scotland
John Robertson, Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Crown Estate Scotland
Mandy Gloyer, New UK Offshore Sites Manager, ScottishPower Renewables
 
Q & A 
16:20 Comfort Break
16:30
Plenary 2B
Supply chain: opportunities for growth
With new projects underway along Scotland’s coasts, attention has rightly turned to building a supply chain for the long term. Two Scottish clusters have been formed to capitalise on new opportunities coming from the Sector Deal struck with the UK Government in 2019. The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership is one of these opportunities; so join this session to find out how it, and other new initiatives from the Scottish Government, will help Scotland build on its strong supply chain foundations.
 
Chair
Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications & Strategy, Scottish Renewables
 
Panellists
Andrew MacDonald, Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership
Paul O’Brien, Senior Development Manager, DeepWind
Allan Taylor, Head of Renewables Supply Chain, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Isla Robb, SE Wind Lead, representing Forth & Tay Offshore
 
Q & A
 
Closing remarks
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables
17:30
Closing remarks
 
Following the close of day 1, all delegates, exhibitors and speakers are invited to join the Conference Dinner at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Click here for more information and to secure a place. 
Time Details
08:45 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
09:15
Plenary 3
Power from the seas: offshore wind’s place in Scotland
Scotland’s offshore wind story is well underway, delivering economic benefits across the country, with the potential for much more. With Scottish and UK climate ambitions upped to target net-zero emissions and the launch of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC), what is the role of offshore wind in the future energy mix and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead as we strive to deliver more projects in Scotland’s seas?
 
Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
Professor Keith Bell, Committee on Climate Change
Zoë Keeton, Head of Regulation and Policy, innogy Renewables UK
Dan Finch, Managing Director, EDP Renewables
Colin Maciver, Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland / Project Manager, Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC)
 
Q & A
10:30 Networking, Refreshments & Exhibition
11:15
Parallel 4A
Planning for sustainable growth
With deployment and ambition growing, how can we grow Scotland’s offshore wind industry while remaining sensitive to the environment in which it operates? With a number of cross-industry programmes underway to improve the data available on the marine environment and better quantify potential impacts, this session will explore how improving our understanding of the marine environment can support future deployment.
 
Chair
Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
Brian McFarlane, Head of Projects - Offshore Development, SSE Renewables
Dr Janelle Braithwaite, Senior Policy Officer - Marine Planning and Policy, Marine Scotland
Liam Leahy, Offshore Wind Manager, The Carbon Trust
Robin Cox, Environmental Specialist, Vattenfall

Gary McGovern, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
 
Q & A
11:15 Parallel 4B
Solving the integration challenge
How do we effectively and efficiently build towards 30GW, then 75GW and more of offshore wind on the UK grid? Integrating and optimising the rapidly-expanding offshore wind fleet onto the grid presents challenges and opportunities that lie at the heart of achieving a net-zero economy. This session will examine those challenges and some of the key technologies which are coming on-stream to address them.
 
Chair
Andy Hogg, Head of Energy Industries Division, Scottish Government
 
Speakers
Dr Zeynep Kurban, Strategy Manager – System Integration of Renewables, ORE Catapult
Dr Graham Ault, Executive Director, Smarter Grid Solutions
Lorna Archer, Project Officer, Energy Futures, SGN
Dr Callum MacIver, Programme Manager - Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub, University of Strathclyde
 
Q & A
12:30 Networking, Refreshments & Exhibition
13:45
Parallel 5A
Tackling the barriers
Scotland’s geography and climate present unique opportunities and challenges to the industry. Is our transmission system up to the task, and how can we coexist with other marine users? Can finance help further reduce the cost of energy and what innovative approaches are needed in our deeper waters and higher wind speeds? Join this session to hear about some of the industry’s key barriers and how they are being tackled in Scotland’s dynamic industry.

Chair
Mike Hay, Commercial Director, RIDG
 
Speakers
Gavin Smart, Head of Insights, ORE Catapult
Martyn Tulloch, Net Zero Solution Centre Manager, OGTC

Lorraine Monaghan, Interface Manager, K2 Management
Christianna Logan, Director of Customers and Stakeholders, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Transmission
 
Q & A
13:45 Parallel 5B

Developing the supply chain - the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership in action
The industry funded Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has been established to support high growth companies in the UK offshore wind supply chain and maximise the economic benefits of the UK’s world-leading position in offshore wind.
This session will hear from some of the supply chain companies that were successful in securing funding in the OWGP’s Pilot Funding Calls, in the areas of improved competitiveness through Advanced Manufacturing and Communications, Sensors and the Internet of Things, and discuss future challenges and opportunities for UK growth.

Chair
Zoe Barnes, Strategy Manager, Quaybridge

Q & A

15:00 Networking, Refreshments and Exhibition
15:45
Plenary 6
Project updates
Quick-fire round of updates from the developers of offshore wind projects in the planning and development phase around Scotland, giving an insight into the upcoming development pipeline for the Scottish sector.

Chair
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
Mark Timmons, Offshore Bid Manager, SSE Renewables
Matthias Haag, Project Director - Neart Na Gaoithe, EDF Renewables
Adam Ezzamel, Project Director - Inch Cape, Red Rock Power Limited
Adam Morrison, Project Director - Moray West, EDP Renewables
 
Q & A
16:45 Closing remarks
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables
16:50 Event close

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